and Rodent Factsheet
What Causes a Rat Infestation?
Rats are attracted primarily by two
factors: A place to live and food to eat. Rats use trash like paper
and plastic in order to build little nests to raise their young. Rats
and mice are happy both outside and inside, and will make their nests
wherever they feel safest.
What do Rats Eat?
Rats and mice are omnivores, meaning
that they eat both animals and plants. They readily seek out leaves,
berries, and seeds, and will also eat a variety of small animals,
including frogs and insects. Rats are also known for stealing and
eating eggs of other creatures.
What Diseases do Rats Carry?
Rats and Mice are some of the most
disease-ridden animals on the planet. Because they are often in close
proximity to humans, many of the diseases they carry cross over to
human hosts. There are more than thirty-five diseases linked to Rats,
including Lyme Disease, Salmonella, Typhus, and the Plague. These
diseases can be contracted either through direct or indirect contact,
meaning that you can also catch them from touching something that the
rodents touched themselves.
How Can I get Rid of Rats?
Your classic rat trap can be an
effective way to kill rats and also keep them stationary for
disposal. Glue Traps can trap rats easily, where they can either be
killed or disposed of however you desire. There are also traps which
capture Rats, preventing them from escaping. Poisoned baits are
highly effective, but it takes time for the rodent to die, and this
can cause them to die in your walls and decay. Whenever attempting to
set baits or traps, always wash your hands, because they have an
aversion to the human scent.
How Can I Prevent a Rat Infestation?
The easiest ways to prevent a rodent
infestation are to keep your home clean and to keep your food stored
securely. If you leave food out unsealed, or if you leave crumbs on
the ground, there is a chance that Rats will sniff out a meal and
take some for themselves. Also, keeping your home orderly will reduce
the risk of infestation because Rats need nice, cozy hiding spots to
establish an undetected presence in your home.
Prevent Rats from getting in your home
by sealing potential entryways so that they can't enter easily. To
reduce the number of Rats outside your home, it can be as simple as
cutting your grass. They often make their nests in tall, undisturbed
When Should I Call an Exterminator
for Mice and Rats?
For rodents like Rats, the
Do-It-Yourself method is frequently effective, because your
infestation may be very small. If you keep seeing rodents even after
your best efforts, then it is time to call an exterminator. A small
Rat Infestation is worth the effort to clear out yourself, but for a
medium or large infestation, it's likely better for your time, money,
and piece of mind to contact a professional.